Exhausted restaurant workers now face risk of vicious anti-vaccines – Mother Jones
One person is in hospital after a fight broke out Thursday afternoon at a Manhattan restaurant over the city’s vaccination mandate. The city demands that customers show proof of vaccination before entering certain businesses, such as restaurants. Businesses that do not comply could face a fine of $ 1,000.
According to local officials, a hostess at Italian restaurant Carmine’s asked a group of people in Texas for proof of vaccination before she was allowed in. The the hostess was allegedly beaten several times and his collar was broken, and staff and bystanders had to intervene to break up the melee. Three suspects were arrested and an unidentified person was taken to hospital.
The incident highlights the type of situations employees have faced since the start of the pandemic. Last May, an employee of the Family Dollar store was shot and killed after asking a customer to put on a face mask. November 2020 report of the nonprofit One Fair Wage found that 80 percent of restaurant workers reported a drop in tips when they tried to enforce COVID-19 restrictions.
Sadly, the New York incident is unlikely to be the last. As cities and local governments begin to implement vaccine requirements, those same employees who have dealt with people refusing to wear masks will likely have to deal with those who attempt to circumvent vaccination rules.
Meanwhile, New York City officials said they were working with restaurant staff to implement the requirements. “The city has been providing restaurants with conflict resolution training in recent weeks,” said Mitch Schwartz, spokesperson for Mayor Bill de Blasio. said in a press release, “and we will continue to do all we can to help them adjust to this program safely and smoothly.”